I've heard numerous arguments against this vein of fashion, claiming cultural appropriation by Western fashion devalues the roots of the culture where the fashion originated. This topic keeps resurfacing in fashion news lately; from Nykhor Paul's Instagram rant where she discusses the struggles of having dark skin at fashion shows, stating she is forced to bring her own makeup because artists do not come prepared for 'other' skin. Paul ends her rant with "Fashion is art, art is never racist it should be inclusive of all not only white people, shit we started fashion in Africa and you modernize and copy it! Why can’t we be part of fashion fully and equally?". Modernizing and copying fashion - from Africa to Asia, elements of culture are adapted into fashion ranging from haute couture to street style, making the style an element of the Western mainstream. The popular 'hipster top knot' stems from the Japanese samurai top knot which symbolized societal status. Kimonos are sold at popular Western stores, for example the Yukata collection from Uniqlo.
I'm torn. While I understand these arguments, and myself being from Western society can't truly understand what it is like having my culture exposed for 'cool' (besides trucker hats and denim), I can't help but to think this fashion more celebrates the culture. Having elements of other cultures creates awareness and admiration for the 'other', which I think is a good thing. Cultural segregation sounds worse to me...
What do you think?
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